FOOTBALL SEASON AND OUR FAVORITE SPINACH DIP

This past weekend, my brother and sister in law flew up to escape hurricane Irma.  We had an amazing time with them and loved showing them around our neck of the woods.  On Sunday we made it out to church and then headed home for some football watching.  The windows were open, the crisp air was blowing through the house and the sounds of the game were in the background. It was perfect.

Corina whipped up her famous spinach and artichoke dip and I thought I would document it so that I could recreate it when she’s back home in FL.  Also, there are two ways to make this absolutely incredible dip.  A healthy/lighter version and a super gooey not-so healthy but out of this world creamy way.

Here are the ingredients and Instructions from my lovely sister-in-law.

Absolutely gooey and delish version

8 oz cream cheese

4 oz butter

8 oz sour cream

15 oz chopped spinach (frozen)

8.5 oz quartered artichoke hearts (canned)

1 cup Parmesan cheese (2 parts)

Pepper to taste (no sat since there’s plenty in the cheese and butter)

Instructions 

Thaw and drain spinach
Melt cream cheese and butter on low to medium heat (make sure not to burn)
Chop up artichoke into smaller pieces
Once cream cheese and butter is melted add spinach artichokes sour cream and 1/2 Parmesan cheese stir and let cook on low heat for about 10 min so that everything combines well and cheese is melted .
Transfer to bowl top with remaining parmesan cheese and broil on high till cheese is light golden brown

Healthier option:

Substitute sour cream and cream cheese with 1 16 oz plain Greek yogurt

Or 1 8 oz plain Greek yogurt and half the cream cheese

Substitute butter with avocado oil or coconut oil 1/4 cup (enough to cover the bottom of a medium sized cooking pot)

1/2 the amount of cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Everything else remains the same

I’m guesstimating with the parmesan cheese amount there’s a good chance there 2 cups because I like to cover the top with a nice layer 😉

Thank you so much Corina! This is my favorite dip of all time and you better believe I’ll be making it while we watch some football tomorrow!

 Love you!! (Go Jets!) 

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OUR FALL MOVIE LIST

I have been protesting fall ever since Costco started bringing out their jackets and Target put all of their summer water guns on sale. I have LOVED our summer and I believe we have thoroughly enjoyed every minute.  But… we are elbows deep in September and we are embracing all things FALL. We’ve already gone apple picking and are planning on attending the pumpkin patch next week!

This morning we woke up to 55 degree weather and I threw open the windows.  It was so perfect, it made me want to pull out a list of all the movies I want to watch this season.

 

Here’s my list so far:

You’ve got mail

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms.

The proposal

“Marry me.. Because I’d like to date you..”

Dan in real life

“What don’t I understand, Cara? Please, help me out. What is it? Is it frustrating that you can’t be with this person? That there’s something keeping you apart? That there’s something about this person that you can connect with? And whenever you’re near this person, you don’t know what to say, and you say everything that’s in your mind and in your heart, and you know that if you could just be together, that this person would help you become the best possible version of yourself?”

Stepmom

“You know every story, every wound, every memory. Their whole life’s happiness is wrapped up in you… every single second. Don’t you get it? Look down the road to her wedding. I’m in a room alone with her, fixing her veil, fluffing her dress, telling her no woman has ever looked so beautiful. And my fear is she’ll be thinking, ‘I wish my mom was here’

Remember the Titans

“People say that it can’t work, black and white. Here, we make it work every day. We still have our disagreements, of course, but before we reach for hate, always, always, we remember the Titans.”

Gilmore girls

 Soooo many good ones that explain almost every aspect of my life. You can read some of them here

Dancing with the stars season 25! 

I love me some DWTS! Can’t wait to follow along this season!

All the Hallmark fall movies

 

Also, here are a few things we are looking forward to this month:

Apple-Jack festival in Nebraska City

Valas Pumpkin Patch

Everything Pumpkin and fall themed!

 

 

 

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GRACE’S FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN

 

Grace started kindergarten this week.  We set our schedules, alarm clocks, put on real clothes in the morning and started our new homeschooling/ fall routine. I knew that homeschool was going to be the best option for us this year and we are praying through every minute of it.  I am not a teacher.  I don’t have an extensive amount of patience. In fact, I am short fused, but I am excited to see how God is going to work in my life and in the life of my children through this season. He is the one who gives us wisdom, patience and strength and you better believe I am leaning on Him for all of those things and more.

Monday started with a walk at the park, to ensure that all the wiggles were out, followed by Cheerios and circle time.  We sang about father Abraham, practiced our bible verses and dove right into reading and writing.  Grace was really excited and I am all about structure, so I’m thinking that this is going to do us all a great deal of good.

Haddon asked to do school a million times and Emory is working on being patient, bless her heart. I too am working on my patience and on being present more than anything else.  So far, we’ve read a few stories, brushed up on our math and are looking forward to exploring new subjects together.

I will be working on a post later on with pictures and tips on how we’re structuring our day and sharing my thoughts on homeschooling. So, stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, I thought I’d document this day and this little lady who is growing up so quickly.  The other day I asked her when did she grow up, and her answer was “mom, I grew up as fast as I could”  Girlfriend sure did!

I’ll tuck her in this week and hold her extra tight because I know these days are going to pass us by, and although they are so tough and the days get longer and longer, I only have a short amount of time with her.

Here’s to our babies. To the ones that grow up as fast as they possibly can and to the ones who ask for one more hug, before they go to bed.

Happy first day of school sweet girl!

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BEDTIME ROUTINES AND A FREE PRINTABLE

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We have been looking forward to the first day of school for some time now. Grace is officially starting kindergarten and Haddon is convinced that he too will be starting school. During our school days, we like to have a routine to keep us focused and on track. This also works well for the kiddos at night. I’ve noticed that when Grace knows what to expect, our day and our evenings, run much smoother.

Our morning routines are a little different for Grace and for Haddon. They both wake up at the same time, but they have different tasks throughout the day that are tailored to their school, their extra curricular activities and Haddon’s nap time. Their evening routines are identical, which makes things a whole lot easier for me.

I thought I’d share with you what our evenings look like and share a FREE printable for you to download and use with your kiddos.  This bedtime routine is super easy to follow and fun for the kids.  I like to print one out and use a sheet protector to slide the printable right in.  In the evenings, I let Grace and Haddon check off what they’ve done.  Giving them an opportunity to use dry erase markers always gets them really excited.

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